Message from the President
My main objective for this edition is to write about the mental and physical benefits of tennis for seniors but I first want to report to our members on our annual meeting held recently at the Houston Racquet Club.
With many being pessimistic about the weather in Houston during February we sure had almost perfection. It was humbling to be back in Houston and see how resilient this city is in the wake of Hurricane Harvey less than a year ago. The HRC accomplished a great feat, rebuilding the courts and repairing many areas of the clubhouse. It was shocking to see the homes around the club, many still uninhabitable and so many people still displaced. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this community and their recovery.
In our annual meeting this year we shared many ideas and reports from our Directors. We spoke of the 2018 Friendship Cup, next fall’s Intersectionals in Phoenix, AZ, our website, magazine, the NSWT Foundation, sponsorships, and even a new idea for a phone app. We continue to search for a broader circle of members that will continue to move us foreword. Many thanks to Michael Hughes of the USTA, our guest speaker, for his sharing and listening. Thanks to those of the board and volunteers that were present to help with all of our events during the week. Congratulations also go to our co-president elects Leslie Airola-Murveit and Andrea Barnes. They will continue to make the NSWTA the Go-To organization for tennis.
Now to my main topic. There are all kinds of articles to read on how wonderful the mental and physical benefits of tennis can be. My favorites have become: improved flexibility, balance and agility; improved brainpower; socialization and overall happiness. With such benefits, I can continue to age gracefully.
If you think about the maneuvering required to hit a ball, the bending, stretching and reaching. We need to be fairly flexible to be in such positions. As we turn, rotating our hips, shoulders and the pivoting moves, we depend on our balance. As these activities are practiced we find our agility increasing. These actions need to be reinforced daily with activities such as gym workouts, on- court drills, yoga, dance or running. Think of the last 3 players you’ve lost to and think of your movement versus theirs.
Exercise such as playing tennis enhances brainpower, they claim, which reduces anxiety. This is another great benefit for us. It allows us to improve our self-confidence and self-image. Those of us that lose a lot, we need this part of the benefits. And, later, think how you will feel after beating that top 3 player; your brain is in overload, feeling good.
The socialization our game provides was on display in Houston last week. So many friends we have made over the years, even though we may only see them once in a while.